Final results from the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Shimoji seals victory at 6-under-par

Ozaki wins in Boys 15-19 Division

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the second Southeast event of the Fall season, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In an exciting event on the breathtaking Oldfield Golf Club, the field of 47 junior golfers was able to showcase their skills and golf knowledge through tough holes with some particularly difficult hazards. Aside from a slight weather delay late Saturday afternoon, the beautiful playing conditions allowed the golfers to get through their rounds smoothly.

Shota OzakiTopping off the Boys 15-19 Division, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, made his Fall debut in great fashion, shooting a 140 to end up 4-under-par for the weekend, seven shots ahead of the second-place finisher, Taiga Fujii, of Toyama-shi, Japan. Firing a 5-under-par 67 on the first day, Ozaki also captured the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round. Ozaki capitalized on six made birdies through the first round, most notably with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 – a hole which proved to be one of the most difficult on the course this weekend.

On Sunday, Ozaki kept his focus, sinking 15 solid pars and an impressive birdie on hole No. 15 to end with a 1-over 73. His concentration and strong swings were able to propel him to a large lead, never letting up and showcasing his ever-improving skills.

Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., was not able to repeat as champion at Oldfield Golf Club; however he had a respectable third-place finish recording a tournament total of 149.

Takafumi ShimojiTakafumi Shimoji, the 12-year-old from Miyakojima-shi, Japan, played in the Boys 14 & Under Division and ended the tournament not only with the division title, but also the lowest overall tournament score of 6-under-par 138. Right out of the gate, Shimoji showed great patience and carded an impressive 5-under-par 67 for Round 1 with six birdies coming on holes Nos. 8, 10-13 and 16.

His second-round score of 71 for Sunday, which included four birdies with three on the final four holes, helped to keep him ahead of the Boys 14 & Under Division pack, giving him a final nine-shot victory over second-place finishers, Drew Weary  of Bluffton, S.C., and Ben El Cohn, of Bluffton, S.C. Shimoji’s spectacular short game and honed putting skills helped him solidify his strong finish.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia,  earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his spectacular 2-under-par 70 during the final round.

Jana WuenschCapturing the Girls Division title was Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who is now two for two in first-place titles for the 2013-2014 IJGT season. After shooting a first-round 6-over-par 78 with four birdies and one bogey, Wuensch came out on Sunday with a vengeance, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching 3-under-par 69. Wuensch finished at 147, and was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her extraordinary second-round performance.

Coming in second place was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who shot a final score of 154 for the event. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, with a tournament total of 160. Quevedo’s round on Saturday of 1-under-par 71 earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

The IJGT Southeast tour continues the weekend of Sept. 7-8 with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

Weather:       

Mostly sunny with few rain showers, temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 0-5 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 0-5 mph

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Okatie, S.C.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *67-73–140

2. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *72-75–147

3. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *75-74–149

4. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *76-74–150

5. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *78-76–154

6. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-76–155

6. Alec Weary, Bluffton, SC *78-77–155

8. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *74-82–156

9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *85-73–158

10. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *78-80–158

12. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-80–159

12. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *76-83–159

14. Henrique Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil *79-82–161

15. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *81-82–163

15. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *83-80–163

17. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *88-76–164

17. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *85-79–164

19. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *80-86–166

20. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-81–170

21. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *89-82–171

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *92-81–173

23. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-88–174

23. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *84-90–174

23. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-89–174

26. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-87–175

27. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-91–178

28. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *92-87–179

29. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *97-90–187

30. Alfredo Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico *100-90–190

31. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *121-118–239

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Black Tees, 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Japan *67-71–138

2. Drew Weary, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

2. Ben El Cohn, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

4. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-70–151

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-81–165

6. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *86-80–166

7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-84–170

8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *96-87–183

8. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *89-94–183

10. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-114–224

 

DID NOT FINISH

Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *DQ (Rule 14-3)

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 72

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *78-69–147

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-89–160

4. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *79-85–164

5. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *88-106–194

Final results from the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Mackedon wins in first IJGT appearance

Shin makes big comeback in Girls Division

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their first tournament in the Northeast region this weekend, as the Labor Day Classic teed off at Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Always having one of the largest fields, this year’s tournament did not disappoint, as 89 of the region’s best golfers took aim at the championship. The field was represented by juniors ages 9-19 from seven states and three countries competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Playing 5,885 yards for the Girls Division, 6,248 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,838 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division competitors, the East Course was not to be taken lightly. Although boasting only three water hazards, thick rough, the 100 plus bunkers presented the biggest challenge to this year’s participants. Adding to the course’s difficulties were elevated greens on all but three holes. The Fazio designed course has hosted numerous PGA events in the past and most recently held the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

MackedonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y., came out on top of the field. Mackedon shot an even-par 71 on Saturday to sleep on a two-stroke lead. He also was awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

Playing in the final group on Sunday with Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., and Gus Minkin of York, Pa., the road to victory was not easy for the 15-year-old Mackedon. After saving par on the first, Mackedon double-bogeyed the second hole. He regained his composure and birdied Nos. 4, 5, and 7 on his way to a front-nine score of 35.

As the group made the turn, it was Minkin and Vinay Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., playing in the group ahead, who presented the largest challenge to Mackedon. On No. 16, Ramesh birdied, Minkin made par, and Mackedon bogeyed. The three were separated by only two strokes with two holes to play. Ramesh could not muster up better than par on the difficult 17th and 18th holes and needed a miracle. A birdie on No. 17 got Minkin within one, while Mackedon made par on the hole, which provided an exciting ending to the tournament as the group came down the 18th fairway. But that was as close as Minkin or Ramesh would get. Another par on No. 18 for Mackedon, coupled with a bogey by Minkin, closed the deal, as Mackedon finished the day the same way he started it; with a two-stroke lead and now with the championship. He finished with a tournament total of 1-over-par 143.

“I was glad my short game came through this week,” stated Mackedon.

Minkin and Ramesh finished the tournament in a tie for second place with a tournament total of 3-over-par 145.

Max Redetzke of Lakeville, Minn., shot the low round of the tournament Sunday, with a 3-under-par 68, to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 15-19 Division was not the only division that had some drama. The Boys 14 & Under Division also gave the crowd something to talk Butlerabout. Like Mackedon, Prescott Butler of Old Westbury, N.Y., came into Sunday with a two-shot lead on the field. Paired with Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., Butler handled the pressure well beyond his years.

Dougherty and C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., pushed Butler to the end. Hughes made a big move on the day, going 1-under par with a 70 to get back in contention. He was already in the clubhouse as Dougherty and Butler finished their rounds.

The lead belonged to Dougherty with three holes to play, who was one up on Butler. But three consecutive bogeys for Dougherty coupled with three consecutive pars for Butler turned the tide and gave Butler the title. Hughes, like Dougherty, was two shots behind the Old Westbury, N.Y., native Butler.

“The greens were a lot firmer yesterday and made the course a challenge,” commented Butler.

ShinThe Girls Division was the only one to have its winner not come from the final group, as Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., came back from three strokes down to capture the trophy. After shooting an 8-over-par 79, on Saturday, Shin responded with a 76 on Sunday. She birdied her final hole, and then waited as the final group, consisting of first-round co-leaders and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Awards recipients Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., completed their rounds.

McLean and Henningsson both found trouble on the ninth hole, their final hole of the day. McLean’s tee-shot settled under a pine tree and she was forced to take an unplayable resulting in a one-stroke penalty. After her drop, she was forced to chip out of the deep fescue. By the time her hole was finished, a triple-bogey had dropped her out of championship contention. Henningsson also hit a tree off the tee, but got a fortunate bounce. Her second shot was a punch-out into the fairway, leaving her with an uphill shot from just outside 100 yards. That shot sped across the green and rolled into the rough. A tricky downhill chip got the best of her, as she carded a double-bogey on the hole, to finish one shot back of Shin.

“I did not think I had a chance [to win],” said Shin. “My putting saved me.”

Shin’s final-round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Henningsson finished in second place with a tournament total of 156. McLean rounded out the top three with a score of 158.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it next weekend in Hamburg, N.J. for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. The tournament will be played at Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Course. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 71 (73.9/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,248 yards, Par 71 (70.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,885 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

 

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Weather:       

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Hershey, Pa.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

East Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,838 yards, Par 71

1. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *71-72–143

2. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA, *76-69–145

2. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *74-71–145

4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN, *78-68–146

5. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ, *73-74–147

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *74-73–147

7. Matt Starobin, Davidsonville, MD, *77-71–148

8. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *76-74–150

8. James Mongey, Morristown, NJ, *76-74–150

12. Jason Guintu, Potomac Falls, VA, *78-73–151

12. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *77-74–151

14. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY, *80-72–152

15. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *79-74–153

15. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-76–153

15. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *76-77–153

18. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *79-75–154

19. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ, *79-76–155

19. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *78-77–155

21. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *82-74–156

21. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *79-77–156

21. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *80-76–156

21. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

21. Evan Johnson, York, PA, *78-78–156

26. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *79-78–157

27. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD, *79-79–158

27. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *78-80–158

29. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *84-75–159

29. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *82-77–159

29. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *80-79–159

32. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *83-77–160

33. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *84-77–161

33. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-81–161

33. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *81-80–161

36. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *83-79–162

36. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *84-78–162

36. Michael Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *85-77–162

36. Sam Hecht, Oakton, VA, *83-79–162

36. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ, *87-75–162

36. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *79-83–162

42. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *82-81–163

43. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *86-78–164

43. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *81-83–164

43. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *78-86–164

46. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *85-80–165

46. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA, *82-83–165

46. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *90-75–165

49. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *84-85–169

50. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

51. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, NJ, *87-84–171

52. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ, *90-82–172

53. David A. Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *83-91–174

53. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *92-82–174

55. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *88-89–177

56. Emerson Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *96-82–178

57. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *94-92–186

 

DID NOT FINISH

Joe Blando, Jr, Manhasset, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ, *84-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY, *85-JWD

  

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,248 yards, Par 71

1. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY, *76-77–153

2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *85-70–155

2. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *78-77–155

4. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *79-78–157

5. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-79–158

6. Jacob Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *82-79–161

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-89–179

 

DID NOT FINISH

John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *JWD

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,885 yards, Par 71

1. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *79-76–155

2. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *76-80–156

3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *76-82–158

4. Chelsea DAntonio, Lancaster, NY, *77-83–160

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *77-84–161

6. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *82-81–163

7. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *83-82–165

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *83-83–166

9. Julianne Lee, York, PA, *88-82–170

9. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA, *88-82–170

11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-79–171

11. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *86-85–171

13. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *88-85–173

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT, *90-84–174

14. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT, *89-85–174

16. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *85-90–175

17. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *89-87–176

18. Adelyn Deery, Lancaster, PA, *94-84–178

19. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *93-87–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *JWD

 

First-round highlights from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale featured many stellar performances. Today’s round was contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open. The par-71 course was setup up at nearly 6,800 yards with a tough set of hole locations. This combined with scorching temperatures in the high 90s with over 50% humidity gave the competitors all they could handle.

In the Boys 15-19 Division,  Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to navigate the Stadium Course in 1-over-par 72. He will look for his first IJGT victory on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

ScottsdaleStadium-sigMcKay by the numbers:

6,795 – yardage for the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – front-nine score of even-par

9 – number of pars in Sunday’s round

4 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – stroke lead going into Monday’s final round

 

Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the story of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In just his first IJGT event, Whisler is looking to become a champion at the same facility Phil Mickelson earned a victory at in February.

Whisler Tee Shot1

Whisler by the number:

78 – lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division

38 – back-nine score

8 – holes until he made a par in Sunday’s round

3 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – first ever round in an IJGT tournament

 

Tomorrow’s final round will be contested on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale which will host Q-School for the Champions Tour. Tee times begin at 8:30 and full results from today’s round can be found here.

 

AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT Events

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The process of earning a college scholarship is one that requires a lot of preparation. Playing in International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Events can assist greatly in this process. Our results are sent out to college coaches across the country and being able to play in Fall and Spring conditions is something that college coaches want to see, as their own seasons are during these time frames. Playing a round in non-ideal conditions is much more difficult than playing a tournament in perfect weather during the summer.

College coaches also like to see a strong tournament schedule. The ability to play in elite level events like the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) can give a prospective student-athlete an advantage in the recruiting process. Getting access to the AJGA tournaments is not an easy process, as a junior golfer must qualify for the majority of their events through their Performance Based Entry system. The IJGT has many events where AJGA Performance Stars are available to top finishers.

There is some confusion as to which IJGT Events will earn these performance stars and which will not. We want to make it simple and transparent for all of our members. You can find a tournament’s AJGA status by clicking on the individual Tournament Information Page. Here is an example below.

AJGA PBE Print Screen Page 1 Larger

Select the event you are going to play. If you go to the “What’s at Stake?” section and click on the AJGA Performance Based Entry link it will direct you to the screen below.

AJGA PBE Print Screen Page 2

Notice there is a distinction between the two underlined sections in this example. The first part announces which divisions have been pre-awarded by the AJGA. These AJGA Performance Stars will be available regardless of the number of competitors in the field. The second part identifies that there will be AJGA Performance Stars at stake IF a certain field size is reached.

If the specific division meets the required number of players it will earn AJGA Performance Stars. This is not official until the end of the tournament. In the example above the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions will have guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars while the Boys 14 & Under Division is contingent on having 20 or more players in the division.

If you have any questions about AJGA Performance Stars please contact the AJGA Player Services Department at 770-868-4200.

Represent Team USA in the 7th Annual Canadian International Junior Challenge

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce that it will be selecting a four-person team to represent the United States in the seventh annual Canadian International Junior Challenge on Sept. 9-12, 2013 in Clearview, Ontario.

The Event, hosted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada.

The three-round stroke play Event will allow junior golfers to compete against elite talent from around the world while also representing their country at the prestigious OslerBrook Golf and Country Club.

Interest in the event is high, and spots on the team will fill up quickly! Golfers interested in playing are urged to contact IJGT Tour Director Kyle Wolfe as soon as possible, as we would to have the team finalized by Monday, Sept. 1. He can be reached by phone at (843) 384-1682, or by email at kyle.wolfe@juniorsports.com.

Photo of the Week – August 24-25, 2013

Southeast Tour

Diego Vega - IJGT Photo of Week 8/25

Congratulations are in order for Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, as the winner of this week’s “Photo of the Week” contest. The great shot, above, was taken of him hitting a solid drive down the fairway at this weekend’s IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island, where Diego finished tied for ninth place totaling 163 for the event. The tournament, which featured some of the IJGT’s most elite junior golfers from eight states and nine countries, proved extremely difficult as wind blew consistently throughout both rounds on the Seaside Course at St. Simons Island. Vega is set to graduate this year, and we look forward to seeing him in spectacular form at our future events.

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

 Lee captures title at Sea Island

Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.

Lee Tee Shot1

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionChang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.

The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., who tied for second place with tournament totals of 153.

Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.

Wuensch TrophyThe Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.

Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.

Vilips Trophy1The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.

“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.

Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).

 Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.

August 24-25, 2013

 

Seaside Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70

1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148

2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153

2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153

4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155

5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156

6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157

6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157

8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163

9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163

11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166

12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176

13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186

14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266

 

DID NOT FINISH

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157

2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236

 

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167

5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178

First-round highlights from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) opened up its Fall 2013 season today on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The course, which host the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, played very difficult with few players coming out unscathed. Nine countries and eight states were represented in the Georgia Junior at Sea Island.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, provided some fireworks during the first round and is the first-round leader after putting together a solid score of 2-over-par 72. The highlight of his round came on the narrow 14th hole on the Seaside Course where he holed out from 165 yards for eagle. Here is his round by the numbers.

Lee Tee Shot1

Chang Ju Lee by the numbers:

165 – Yardage of his hole-out eagle on No. 14

72 – Lowest 18-hole score in the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – Even-par back-nine score

9 – Best finish in an IJGT tournament last season

4 – Stroke lead going into the final round

1 – Eagle in his round on Saturday

 

Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, took command in the Girls Division after an impressive score of 1-over-par 71. This is her first IJGT tournament and she is poised to take home the trophy tomorrow after building a size able lead. Here is her round by the numbers.

Wuensch Tee Shot1Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

71 – Lowest score in the tournament regardless of division

13 – Number of pars in her round

35 – Front-nine score

6 – Stroke lead going into the final round

2 – Birdies in her round

1 – First IJGT tournament

 

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, played for the first time on the IJGT and he continued his dominant play in competitive golf. After having a great summer, he shot an opening-round 80 to take the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips’s round did not get started off well, but he quickly rebounded to post a solid score. Here is his round by the numbers:

Vilips Fwy Shot1aKarl Vilips by the number:

39 – Back-nine score

11 – Number of pars in his round

5 – Consecutive pars on the back nine

1 – First IJGT tournament

 

IJGT Open House – Tuesday, August 20th

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is very excited to kick-off our season next weekend at Sea Island Resort. We know registering for events is not an easy process and can often be difficult to do during normal business hours. The IJGT staff will be extending their office hours next week to help with any registrations, questions, and concerns you may have about our tour or the upcoming season.  This will also give you a chance to get reacquainted with our Staff:

Kyle Wolfe – IJGT Tour Director

Molly Moore – Southeast/West Coast Tournament Director

Zach Pennington – Northeast Tournament Director

Meaghan O’Reilly – Player Services Manager

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Plus, you will be entered for a chance to WIN the following just by signing up for an IJGT Event!

  • A membership sign up/renewal and one tournament registration will put you into a drawing for 2 FREE IJGT Polos.
  • A membership sign up/renewal and 3 tournament registrations will put you into a drawing for a FREE college placement or mental training session.
  • A membership sign up/renewal and 4 or more tournament registrations will put you into a drawing for a FREE week of  IJGA Summer Experience in 2014.

**All winners will be announced on Wednesday afternoon**

 

At your convenience you may submit your entries by phone or email starting at 5pm on August 20th, 2013.

*For those who have already renewed their membership and signed up for their tournaments prior to August 20th, you have automatically been entered into your appropriate drawing. If you would like to call in to enter more we can move your name from one drawing to the other*

IJGT announces Northeast Major Championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Northeast Major Championship this Fall at Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County, N.J. The Major Championship at Crystal Springs will be a 36-hole nationally ranked event at Black Bear Golf Club which offers an inviting diversity of terrain, scenery, and shot selections.

All junior golfers competing this weekend will compete for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. All three divisions will feature elite junior golfers ages 10-19 from around the country which should provide heightened competition and an entertaining weekend of junior golf.

To register for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs click here.

 

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The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.